Serena Williams reveals health scare after birth of daughter Olympia

Serena Williams opens up about her life-threatening health complications after emergency C-section

But according to an interview with Vogue, Williams experienced terrifying and life-threatening complications after Olympia (as she's called by her family) was born. The next day the tennis great, who has a history of blood clots, told doctors she was having a pulmonary embolism (, usually due to blood clots). (Serena lives in fear of blood clots.) She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn't worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away. Coughing from the embolism caused her incision to open up. Then she suffered another terrifying scare when her C-section scar burst open and doctors found a large haematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues) had flooded her abdomen. She needed another operation to insert a filter into a major vein to prevent more clots, Vogue said.

With Serena Williams absent as she regains fitness after giving birth, Kerber is one of just two former winners in the field - Maria Sharapova is the other and will begin her campaign against Tatjana Maria of Germany.

She had to undergo another surgery, and a week later, she finally went home and found she wasn't even able to get out of bed.

We're so glad Serena Williams recovered, and can share her story with us.

Medical ordeal Williams told Vogue she had an emergency cesarean section after the baby's heart rate fell dangerously low during contractions. "Kerber can come back, I think she had a good winter training camp and did well at the Hopman Cup". The ultrasound revealed nothing, and according to Vogue, Williams reiterated: "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip". That's because it takes time for the blood-clotting factors to return to normal, and for the uterus to reduce in size, Aftab said.

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The best tennis player in the world also discussed her return to the court and said she has one goal: to win more Grand Slams. "It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25", she said.

Sometimes I get really down and feel like, "Man, I can't do this".

And Serena admitted the first few months of motherhood have been more emotional than she'd expected.

Boris Becker, who knows a bit about both winning grand slams and star appeal, believes the landscape at the top of the women's game is just too confused at the moment. No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, "Why do I feel so sad when I have a lovely baby?" All of these factors can increase the risk of blood clots, she said.

Despite all the times that Williams has been criticised for her appearance, she awards her mother for insuring she never lost her self-assurance.

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